This book features case studies from teachers, leaders and educational professors on inclusion in schools. Using a conception of inclusion that acknowledges issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and ability, this book provides readers with a useful blend of theory and practice. Each case is situated in a school setting and offers readers opportunities to learn about the complexities and challenges associated with issues of exclusion and to develop practices that support inclusion.
This book provides great case studies of inclusion that will spark reflection and discussion for educational leaders to act.“None of us enter the field of educational leadership not to take actions.” This is a quote within this book that resonates with me because it highlights a dichotomy, one that is reassuring and problematic at the same time. As educational leaders we bring our lived experiences to our practices and decision making each day and we need to have mechanisms in place, whether that be a critical mentor, an advisory committee, or a intentional new learning experiences, that will challenge our biases to ensure that the “actions” we are taking provide equitable access and opportunity for all students and staff to feel valued, safe, accepted, and supported if we are committed to improving outcomes for all students.
Manny Figueiredo, Director of Education, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Ontario, Canada
Case Studies for Inclusive Educators & Leaders is a thought-provoking collection that collectively illustrates the diversity of what inclusive education means in various contexts. Each case goes beyond telling a story—indeed, authors question and critique seldom-interrogated concepts such as leadership, education and context as they seek to understand and explain what inclusion looks like in 21st century schools. Chapters offer a sophisticated mix of theoretical exploration and practical applications. Recommended for educational leaders, faculty in leadership preparation programs and professional development providers.
Professor Jeffrey S. Brooks, Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, RMIT University School of Education